24 Nov 2014

85% turnout for Solomons elections

11:00 am on 24 November 2014

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission says preliminary estimates indicate a average voter turn out of 80 to 85 percent across the country.

Vote counting underway in Solomon Islands

Vote counting underway in Solomon Islands Photo: RNZI

Although a handful of seats have yet to be counted electoral authorities say that according to the electoral rolls the lowest actual attendance in a constituency was 79 percent and the highest was 95 percent.

Final election statistics are expected later this week.

As of last night winners in 44 of the 50 constituencies had been officially declared. 33 of them are sitting MPs who have retained their seats and 11 are new MPs.

The most surprising result so far has been the ousting of caretaker Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo from his Gizo Kolombangara seat by school teacher, Jimson Fiu Tanangada, who is understood to be Mr Lilo's former campaign manager.

Counting continues today for the final seats in the country among them Temotu Vatud and Temotu Pele both remote eastern constituencies where weather conditions have delayed the transportation of ballot boxes to the provincial counting centre.

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